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NeSI and NIWA have an exciting opportunity to make direct contributions to New Zealand's research sector and offer front-line support for researchers using our national platform of high performance computing (HPC) systems. NIWA is seeking an HPC Applications Support Specialist to join its Wellington office. 

On 10 March 2020 Anthony Shaw, a member of NeSI’s Applications Support team, presented a webinar that covered tips for optimising job configuration and reducing your NeSI queue time. If you were unable to attend in person, the presented slides and webinar recording are now available!To view the webinar slides click here

Another successful eResearch NZ conference has left New Zealand and Australian eResearch leaders buzzing around the ways data, data science, and data communities are transforming how eResearch is done and what the Australasian research ecosystems could look like in the future. 

Now in its fifth year, NeSI's Science Coding Confernece is one of the few opportunities where scientific programmers, software engineers, IT managers, coding enthusiasts, and big data analysts from across disciplines can gather in one place to share and discuss how they’re supporting New Zealand’s research ecosystem.

This October, NeSI is partnering with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to host the Cray User Group (CUG) 2020 meeting in Auckland from 25-29 October 2020. Hosted annually, CUG meetings gather staff and users of select Cray and HPE systems worldwide for presentations by HPC experts, as well as valuable technical sessions, tutorials, and demonstrations. 

More and more people in academia are speaking out about the eResearch capability gap. Many researchers do not know where to turn for help in managing, processing, and publishing large amounts of data and institutions as a whole are unsure of how to offer support that is both effective and scalable. The result is a demand for digital skills training much higher than our collective ability to deliver.

Prior to this year's eResearch NZ conference, two new events were hosted the day before as kick-off workshops:​Carpentry Connect and REANNZ Connect. Both were inaugural events and aimed to gather like-minded people either currently involved in the Carpentries or research network communities, or those who were keen to learn more. Both sessions were a great success, and were an excellent way to spark conversations and connections leading up to the main eResearch programme. 

The keynotes are booked, preliminary programme is live, and pre-conference workshops are filling up for eResearch NZ 2020!

On January 30th Callum Walley, a member of NeSI’s Applications Support team, presented a webinar on troubleshooting.  Having helped numerous people overcome job submission obstacles, Callum used this webinar to point out some common errors NeSI users face and tips on how to identify and solve them as an App Support professional would.  This presentation highlighted a methodical approach to troubleshooting that, ideally, left attendees feeling curious and confident to find the root cause of the errors they encounter.

Last October, multiple NeSI team members travelled to Brisbane to participate in the 2019 eResearch Australasia conference programme, themed 'eResearch Diversity'.Since then, NeSI has participated in Trans-Tasman collaborations and conversations around building a community for women in high performance computing, and just recently NeSI learned of a grassroots effort to support more opportunities for people of colour in eResearch leadership positions.